Cristiano Ronaldo has held talks with former boss Sir Alex Ferguson over his future at Manchester United.
Ronaldo, 37, still has another year on his contract at Old Trafford though there was speculation he could leave the club this summer. However, it is now expected he will be part of new boss Erik ten Hag’s plans next season.
According to the Mirror, Ronaldo had “a series of private meetings” and “enjoyed regular chats over cups of tea” with the coach who helped shape his whole career, after bringing him to Manchester from Sporting CP in 2003.
Ronaldo has scored 24 goals in a hugely disappointing season for United, who are guaranteed to miss out on the Champions League after being thrashed 4-0 at Brighton on Saturday evening.
Cesar Azpilicueta has agreed a move that would be worth a gross amount of €13m-per-season with bonuses and a signing on fee, as well as the option for another year, according to AS.
The Spain international’s contract at Stamford Bridge ends this season and he has been strongly linked with the Catalan giants.
Atletico Madrid had also been keen to bring in the Chelsea captain, who seemingly has his heart set on moving to Camp Nou.
Fabrizio Romano adds that Barcelona are waiting for Chelsea’s ownership situation to be sorted out so they can begin talks regarding Marcos Alonso. The Spaniard’s contract runs until 2023 and he is said to top the list of options for the Blaugrana at left-back, with two other unnamed candidates being considered.
Alonso reportedly wants to return to Spain and is open to the idea of joining Barca.
While it he not included in Romano’s tweet, another left-back Barcelona have been heavily linked with ahead of the summer transfer window is Valencia’s Jose Gaya.
Chelsea are also set to lose Antonio Rudiger, who is likely to sign for Real Madrid when his contract ends this summer.
A consortium led by Los Angeles Dodgers part-owner Todd Boehly and backed by Clearlake Capital has won the bid to acquire Premier League club Chelsea, it was announced on Friday.
Leandro Trossard scored one goal and created two others as Brighton & Hove Albion beat Manchester United 4-0 for their first home win of the year and ended their opponents’ slim top-four hopes.
Brighton went ahead on 15 minutes through Moises Caicedo’s first Premier League goal.
Albion cruised to their finest Premier League win with a 4-0 humbling of Manchester United in front of a record Amex crowd on Saturday.
They were in control from the off and when Danny Welbeck narrowly missed Solly March’s back-post cross in the opening exchanges it was a warning that the visitors didn’t heed.
Gross’ half-volley from just inside the United box was blocked, but Caicedo gathered the ball 25 yards out and with pin-point accuracy found the bottom left corner, the ball going through Victor Lindelof’s legs.
The Ecuador international has impressed since his Premier League debut in the 2-1 win at Arsenal, but his daisy cutter will no doubt be his standout moment from the early stages of his Albion career.
United then had their first spell of pressure, but it was over as quickly as it began as Potter’s men looked hungry to end a run of seven consecutive top-flight defeats to the visitors.
Albion pinned United in their own third as they went in search of what would have been a deserved second. Trossard’s deflected strike drifted wide of the bottom right corner and Gross’ low cross from the by-line into the heart of the six-yard box couldn’t find a man in an Albion shirt.
For all of Albion’s liquid football it was a long-ball downfield that nearly cut open the United defence. Robert Sanchez’s ball over the top was misjudged by Raphael Varane and with David De Gea off his line former United striker Welbeck lobbed his ex-teammate, but his effort flew narrowly over the crossbar.
United changed tack with the introduction of Edinson Cavani and Fred at the beginning of the second half, but it altered nothing as Albion landed a knockout blow four minutes after the restart.
Trossard cut the ball back for Cucurella who without hesitation smacked the ball into the top left corner from 12-yards.
Tears filled the Spain international’s eyes as he celebrated what was his first goal in an Albion shirt.
If that made Marc emotional then Gross adding an Albion third nine minutes later had him and his team-mates in dreamland.
Sanchez’s superb ball out to the left for Cucurella got the attack going, before Alexis Mac Allister played the German in, he shifted it past Varane and tucked it past De Gea and into the bottom right corner.
Sanchez was called into action with an outstanding save from Cavani’s near-post header, before the final nail was hammered into the coffin for the visitors.
Gross was at the heart of the attack again as he slipped the ball through for Welbeck who crossed in, Dalot tried to clear off the line but in doing so volleyed it into the midriff of Trossard and into the back of the net.
A VAR check was made to ensure the Belgian had handled it over the line, but with Leo wagging his finger and smiling, you could be confident that the goal would be given.
With United fans chanting ‘you’re not fit to wear the shirt’ the visitors rallied. Bruno Fernandes stung the palms of Sanchez, but if another goal was coming, it was going to be a fifth for Albion.
Dalot diverted a cross onto his own post with Mac Allister ready to tap it in and Welbeck’s curling strike from 20 yards brushed the outside of the post when it looked destined for the top left corner.
Gross forced De Gea into a low save to his left, tipping the ball round the post while Sanchez got behind a couple of Fernandes’ efforts. Cavani had a goal disallowed for offside but this was emphatically Albion’s night.